Temuka Rugby Football Club, South Canterbury, New Zealand


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Our Rugby Club

The Temuka Rugby Club was established in 1875 and is one of the oldest rugby clubs in Canterbury and New Zealand. Throughout our impressive history our aims have been to encourage sporting prowess while at the same time enhancing our community spirit.

Located on Ferguson Drive, Temuka, South Canterbury, New Zealand, the Club has worked in unison to construct clubrooms, participate in the upgrade of the community stadium and grandstand at the Domain Oval and also to develop Torepe Fields where over 60 acres of land have been reclaimed for rugby and recreation.

Our club has been the most successful in the South Canterbury region winning the senior championship 38 times, and we currently field a senior team, a development grade team (senior reserve grade), IAB (U18,U16) teams, a presidents grade team, and also a JAB section for primary aged children.


As part of a small but vibrant community, the rugby club is always on the look out for new rugby players for our senior, development, IAB and JAB teams. Whether you are an overseas rugby player looking to play in New Zealand and develop your skills with perhaps the chance to play Heartland rugby in local provincial sides, or a kiwi rugby player shifting from within NZ we can help you.

We can help arrange accommodation, work in a variety of occupations, and have contacts in a wider range of sporting and working areas. These include agriculture, manufacturing, plumbing, painting, hospitality, retail and many other trades. Fonterra has built the world’s biggest milk manufacturing plant right here on our doorstep.

The season extends from March through until August, with pre-season training starting in February. In the recent season we have had players from the UK and Japan who have learnt not only about rugby, but about NZ ‘kiwi culture’ and made many new friends. Russell and Ken both enjoyed themselves and you can read more about their time playing rugby in New Zealand here.

Job Opportunities

If you are interested in playing rugby in NZ, or travelling and playing during your gap year, then contact the Temuka Rugby Club to see how we can help. We would love to accommodate your rugby needs no matter what level you play and help you improve your skills.

If you are travelling from another country, there are often specialist visa and work permit requirements when coming to NZ. It pays to check with your own authorities first, but a simple outline of requirements for visitors to NZ can be found on our play rugby for us page. Please use the contact forms or email the Temuka Rugby Club to find out more.

What else does Temuka have to offer?

Temuka is very close to NZ’s adventure playgrounds. A short trip by car can have you skiing, snowboarding, bungee jumping, kayaking, participating in extreme sports, fishing, tramping, climbing, golfing, and watching Super 12 rugby matches in Christchurch which is within 2 hours travel of Temuka. More about what Temuka has to offer.

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